The ESRI needs to learn from mistakes and change
It was hard not to feel sorry for former ESRI economist John FitzGerald yesterday. He told a couple of TDs and senators after his damning evidence to the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry that it felt like "the first time in 30 years that I was listened to".
That plaintive cry from the heart poses more questions than it answers.
How could a man who sits on the board of the Central Bank believe nobody listens to him? How could a man who was once the research economist at the country's biggest think tank believe nobody listens to him? How could a professor who has a regular newspaper column believe nobody listens to him?